We’ve been training for a year. I think they did the right thing by canceling it. But what else were we going to do? We wanted to run.
Runner Ola Lilja • Discussing why she took part in what was described as an “underground” marathon in NYC on Sunday, despite the fact that the city had cancelled the official one. Thousands showed up to race anyway, with all the makings of the race — including the finish line — set up and security guards playing a role in keeping everything in line. Not everyone took part — many runners instead chose to travel to Staten Island, which was devastated by the hurricane, to help out.